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The first record of a church in Melbourn dates back to 1152, and the discovery of a Saxon cemetery shows that Christianity has been present in Melbourn since the 7th century. All Saints’ Parish Church is a grade II* listed church which is situated in the heart of the village and a major restoration was conducted by R.R. Rowe in 1882. The present church includes sections of the 13th century building, including the chancel arch and sections of the tower. The font located in the South Aisle is 11th century.
CLS Electrical Services Ltd were contacted to provide a solution to the high running and maintenance costs of the 2 existing 400w sodium light fittings illuminating the external elevations of the tower. Operated by a mechanical timeclock that needed constant updating, a low maintenance automatic solution was required.
We started with the floodlights, replacing them with 2 high output 115w LED floodlights with warm white colour output, reducing the power consumption considerably whilst providing a more gentle and natural coloured light, bringing out the natural colour of the stone work and flint. These were fitted to the existing lighting columns and positioned to provide optimal illumination of the tower from these positions.
The old timeclock was removed and a new digital timeclock and enclosure installed which automatically changes for BST. It also automatically compensates for sunrise and sunset throughout the year meaning once set, no further programming or alteration is required.